The imbibing has already begun, so this post will be a bit shorter than HIC!.... shorter than HIC!.... than usual.
Weekly Round-Up of Opinion Polls
|Site||Updated||New Ranking||Prior Ranking||Comments|
|CBS||12/30/2014||6||6||You never quite know what to expect from this hot-and-cold club. It's still a far cry from last season when they were cold a heck of a lot more than hot.|
|ESPN||12/29/2014||9||6||A blown lead against the Sabres that led to a shootout loss on Saturday reinforces the lack of depth between the pipes when Jaroslav Halak is out of action (he might return this week).|
|TSN||12/29/2014||9||8||Came out of last week winless in two games (against Montreal and at Buffalo), but outshot the opposition 74-47. If you're going to drive play like that, the losing streaks shouldn't last long and that's a refreshing change for this franchise.|
|Fox||12/24/2014||7||7||The Islanders' four-game winning streak ended against the Canadiens and we can't help wondering if New York will be in the market for a better backup goalie. Chad Johnson is 5-5 with a .867 save percentage in 11 games.|
|USA Today||12/29/2014||6||8||The Islanders 23 wins through 35 games was one off the teams best start. They had 24 wins in 1978-79 and 1983-84.|
|SI||---||---||---||None this week|
|Average||7||7||This week's opinions are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.|
Mostly, even with their faults, the publications pretty much say "Cheers!" to a solid season so far. I'll drink to that!
Was that a talking cricket? Wow, this ish good stuff. Mooving on...
LHH Power Rankings
For games through 12/29/14:
|GP||Reg W||OT W||SO||OT L||Reg L||LHH Pts||LHH Pct||LHH Rating|
|3||Tampa Bay Lightning||38||20||2||5||0||11||143||0.627||117|
|5||Toronto Maple Leafs||37||17||1||3||2||14||119||0.536||113|
|8||St. Louis Blues||36||16||3||5||1||11||125||0.579||111|
|9||New York Islanders||36||14||4||7||0||11||121||0.560||111|
|10||Detroit Red Wings||37||15||3||8||2||9||130||0.586||110|
|11||San Jose Sharks||36||16||1||6||1||12||120||0.556||108|
|12||New York Rangers||34||14||3||6||0||11||114||0.559||108|
|15||Los Angeles Kings||37||16||1||5||3||12||121||0.545||102|
|24||Columbus Blue Jackets||34||9||2||5||2||16||81||0.397||89|
|25||New Jersey Devils||38||10||1||8||1||18||90||0.395||87|
The Aisles drop a teeny tiny bit because dey losht too the Canadians (wait what? "Canadiens"? Oh, right... shake it off!) and coughed up two more regulation victories (OTL in Buffalo, OTW vs. the Caps).
Shots!!! I mean, that was a great shot by Boychuk last night in OT. Salvaged that game, at least.
Anyways, the Oilers feel the way I will by mid-day January 1st: Lots of pain, little answer as to how they got to where they woke up. On the flip side, the Blackhawks have unseated the Pens for first overall. The Capitals have jumped into the top 15, making the Metro a legitimate division (half above average, half below).
What's an ice luge? I'm in trouble, aren't I?
OK that's all for now. All joking aside, take it easy tonight and don't Avery things up. Happy New Year!